06/14/14 01:13:19 AM PST
Andrew Rennhack Wins Event #26: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em ($408,953)
Andrew Rennhack wore a huge grin as he was mobbed by friends, family and the media moments after he won his first WSOP bracelet and secured an amazing $408,953 for first place.
Rennhack fought his way through a starting field of 1,594 entrants to return today to battle it out with the remaining 12 players, and at the end of nearly 10 more hours of poker he was the last man standing.
Play resumed on Day 3 at 1 p.m. and Christopher Symesko was the first player eliminated. He lost a big pot to Rennhack in the first hand of play when his lost to and a queen came on the turn. Heinz Kamutzki then eliminated Symesko moments later. Will Failla was out in 11th place and Jonas Wexler fell in 10th.
Poker pro Dan Smith was the next player to go from the official final table of nine, dashing hopes of his first WSOP bracelet. Smith was all in with against the of Kamutzki and the board ran out .
Eric Rappaport busted in eighth place when his fell behind to the two pair of Reed Goodmiller who held . It all went in on the turn and the final board read .
Out in seventh place was Geremy Eiland, who ran first into the aces of Rennhack to cripple him and then the aces of Ryan Welch when he shoved his short stack in the next hand.
Six-handed play went on for some time and it was nearly three more levels before Kamutzki three-bet shoved with and was called by both Tony Gargano and Rennhack. It was Gargaro with who would pair his ace to send Kamutzki to the rail.
A short while late it was Goodmiller's turn to get his short stack in with two other players holding and he was bested by the of Rennhack this time. Goodmiller was the fifth placed finisher.
Welch went out in fourth when he three-bet shoved with and ran into the of Michael Katz. A final board of sent him packing.
Three handed play became a cagey affair but first Gargano asserted his authority picking up pot after pot until Katz started exerting his own pressure after Gargano lost some chips. Momentum swung back and forth and with Gargano getting low on chips he made a move on Katz three-betting him all in from the small blind with but ran into the of Rennhack in the big blind. The queens held on a final board of , leaving Rennhack and Michael Katz to play heads up for the win.
Katz went into the final phase of play with a 5:2 chip lead over Rennhack but his attempt to finish him off backfired when Katz opened for 200,000, Rennhack raised to 500,000 and Katz moved all in. Rennhack called with and Katz showed . The cards came out and Rennhack doubled up.
Minutes later Katz was all in with against the of Rennhack. A final board of and it was all over for Katz who picked up the biggest cash of his career.
A terrific three days of poker ended with Andrew Rennhack a delighted and worthy winner who will no doubt be celebrating long into the night and cherishing the memories of this victory for years to come.
06/14/14 12:07:02 AM PST
Michael Katz Eliminated in 2nd Place ($252,826)
Hand #195: Michael Katz limped in and Andrew Rennhack checked his option. The flop was dealt, . Rennhack checked, Katz bet 105,000, and Rennhack folded.
Hand #196: Rennhack limped in, and Katz raised all in, Rennhack though for a moment before making the call, putting Katz's tournament life on the line.
Rennhack was ahead and a classic race for WSOP gold was on underway. The dealer fanned out a board and Rennhack faded a turned flush draw and any king or ten to eliminate Michael Katz in second place.
06/14/14 12:00:38 AM PST
Hands #190-#194: Rennhack Doubles to Take Lead
Hand #190: Andrew Rennhack got a walk.
Hand #191: Michael Katz opened for 200,000 and Rennhack raised to 500,000. Katz moved all in and Rennhack called.
Katz showed against the of Rennhack. The cards came out and Rennhack doubled up.
Hand #192: A limped pot was checked down to the river on a board showing . Rennhack bet 100,000 and Katz called. won it for Katz.
Hand #193: Katz made it 200,000 and Rennhack moved all in. Katz folded.
Hand #194: Rennhack limped and the flop was . Katz checked and Rennhack bet 150,000. That took it down.
|Andrew Rennhack||5,100,000||2,540,000 |
|Michael Katz||2,000,000||-2,650,000 |06/13/14 11:53:52 PM PST
Hands #185-189: Status Quo
Hand #185: Katz opened to 200,000, and Andrew Rennhack
called. Dealer dropped a flop of , both players checked to the turn, . Rennhack bet 250,000, Katz called, river , Rennhack bet 500,000, Katz folded.
Hand #186: Rennhack opened to 200,000, and Katz called. The dealer rolled out a flop and both players checked. The turn brought the , Katz bet 235,000, and Rennhack folded.
Hand #187: Katz opened to 200,000 and won the blinds and antes.
Hand #188: Rennhack opened to 200,000, Katz three-bet to 535,000, and Rennhack folded.
Hand #189: Katz raised , making it 200,000, and Rennhack folded.
|Michael Katz||4,650,000||195,000 |
|Andrew Rennhack||2,560,000||-160,000 |06/13/14 11:39:43 PM PST
Hands #181-#184: Raise and Take It
Hand #181: Michael Katz opened to 200,000 and Andrew Rennhack folded.
Hand #182: Rennhack raised to 200,000 and took it down.
Hand #183: Katz made it 200,000 and won the antes and blinds.
Hand #184: Rennhack made it 200,000 and he took it down.
06/13/14 11:35:41 PM PST
Level 30 started
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Chip Counts at the Break
|Michael Katz||4,455,000||2,282,000 |
|Andrew Rennhack||2,720,000||-2,280,000 |06/13/14 11:17:59 PM PST
The players are on a break for twenty minutes.
06/13/14 11:17:15 PM PST
Hands #180: Last Hand Before Break
Hand #180: Andrew Rennhack made it 160,000 and Michael Katz raised to 450,000. Rennhack made the call. The flop was . Katz bet 340,000 and Rennhack called. The turn card was the and Katz thought for some time before betting 555,000. Rennhack called. The fell on the river and Katz checked his cards before moving all in and taking it down.
06/13/14 11:14:34 PM PST
Hands #175-179: Exchanging Pots
Hand #175: Michael Katz opened to 160,000, and won the blinds and antes.
Hand #176: Andrew Rennhack opened to 160,000 and won the blinds and antes.
Hand #177: Katz limped and Rennhack checked his option. The flop came , Rennhack checked, Katz bet 100,000, and Rennhack called. The turn brought the both players checked to the river, . Rennhack checked, Katz bet 245,000, Rennhack called, Katz showed and won the pot.
Hand #178: Rennhack bet 160,000, and Katz called. The flop was dealt , Katz checked, Rennhack bet 200,000, and Katz folded.
Hand #179: Katz opened to 160,000 and Rennhack called. The flop came , Rennhack checked, Katz bet 100,000 and Rennhack folded.
06/13/14 11:03:15 PM PST
Hands # 171-174
Hand #171: Katz called and Rennhack checked his option. The flop was and Rennhack checked. Katz bet 85,000 and Rennhack folded
Hand #172: Rennhack raised to 160,000 and Katz folded.
Hand #173: Katz raised to 160,000 and Rennhack three-bet to 375,000; Katz folded.
Hand #174: Rennhack raised to 160,000 and Katz folded.
06/13/14 10:59:51 PM PST
Hands #165-170: Katz Chipping Away at Rennhack
Hand #165: Michael Katz opened for 170,000 and Andrew Rennhack folded.
Hand #166: Rennhack raised to 160,000 and Katz made it 345,000 to win the pot.
Hand #167: Katz limped the button and Rennhack called. The flop was . Check-check to the turn. Katz bet 90,000 and Rennhack called. The river fell the . Checked down and Katz won with for a pair.
Hand #168: Rennhack opened for 160,000 and Katz called. was checked to see a turn . Katz bet 220,000 and took it down.
Hand #169: Katz opened for 160,000 and took it down.
Hand #170: Rennhack raised to 160,000 and Katz called. The flop was the . No action and the turn was the . Checked again and the river was the . No action and Katz turn over to drag the pot.
06/13/14 10:51:21 PM PST
Hand #160: Rennhack raised to 160,000 and Katz called. The flop was and Katz checked. Rennhack bet 200,000 and Katz folded
Hand #161: Katz raised to 180,000 and Rennhack called. The flop was and both players checked. The turn was the , Rennhack bet 250,000 and Katz folded.
Hand #162: Rennhack raised to 160,000 and Katz folded.
Hand #163: Katz raised to 160,000 and Rennhack called. The flop was and Rennhack checked. Katz bet 130,000 and Rennhack called. The turn was the and both players checked. The river was the , Rennhack bet 300,000 and Katz folded.
Hand #164: Katz received a walk.
|Andrew Rennhack||5,000,000||-150,000 |
|Michael Katz||2,173,000||123,000 |06/13/14 10:38:52 PM PST
Hands #156-159: Heads Up Play Begins
Hand #156: Andrew Rennhack opened for 160,000 and Michael Katz called. The flop was which was checked to see the fall on the turn. Katz led for 150,000 and took it down.
Hand #157: Katz raised to 160,000 and Rennhack folded.
Hand #158: Rennhack opened for 160,000 and Katz raised to 395,000. Rennhack laid it down.
Hand #159: Katz limped and Rennhack checked. The flop was . They both checked and saw the come on the turn. Rennhack led for 175,000 and Katz called. The river was the and they both checked. Katz won with against the of Rennhack.
06/13/14 10:29:51 PM PST
Tony Gargano Eliminated in 3rd Place ($166,384)
Hand #155: Michael Katz raised to 160,000 and Tony Gargano moved all in for approximately 1,800,000 from the small blind. Andrew Rennhack came over the top for all of his chips from the big blind and Katz open-folded .
The flop came and Gargano got a few more outs. The turn was the and the river was the however and Gargano was out in third.
|Andrew Rennhack||5,150,000||2,850,000 |
|Michael Katz||2,050,000||-950,000 |
|Tony Gargano||0||-1,900,000 |06/13/14 10:27:53 PM PST
Hand #154: Andrew Rennhack raised to 160,000 and both opponents folded.
06/13/14 10:25:22 PM PST
Hands #146-153: Rennhack Rivers a Straight
Hand #146: Michael Katz 120,000 from the button and won the pot.
Hand #147: Andrew limped the small blind and Katz raised it to 175,000. Rennhack called to see a flop of . Rennhack checked and Katz made it 150,000 and got a call. The turn was the and Rennhack checked again. This time Katz made it 330,000. Rennhack called and the river card was the .
Rennhack now led for 500,000 and Katz had a look back at his cards. He thought for a couple of minutes before the floor told him he needed to make a decision soon. Katz called and mucked when Rennhack showed the rivered straight .
Hand #148: Rennhack opened for 160,000 and won the pot.
Hand #149: Rennhack got a walk.
Hand #150: Katz got a walk.
Hand #151: Katz limped the small blind and Gorgano checked in the big blind. On a flop of Katz checked and Gargano bet 100,000. Katz called to see the turn checked around. The river was checked as well and Katz won with the .
Hand #152: Katz opened for 160,000 and took the antes and blinds.
Hand #153: Katz got a walk.
06/13/14 10:13:45 PM PST
Level 29 started
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Hand #141: Tony Gargano raised to 150,000 and Rennhack and Katz both called. The flop was the and Rennhack and Katz both checked. Gargano bet 225,000, Rennhack called and Katz folded. The turn was the and Rennhack checked. Gargano bet 325,000, but folded to Rennhack's all-in shove.
Hand #142: Michael Katz called from the small blind and Tony Gargano raised to 150,000 from the big blind. Katz called and the flop was . Katz checked and Gargano bet 175,000. Katz made the call and the turn was the . Both players checked and the river was the . Again, both players checked and Michael Katz showed for a pair of threes and Gargano mucked.
Hand #143: Tony Gargano called from the small blind and Andrew Rennhack checked his option from the big blind. The flop was and Gargano checked. Rennhack bet 75,000 and Gargano called. The turn was the and again Gargano checked. Rennhack bet 175,000 and Gargano called. The river brought two checks and Gargano showed ; Rennhack mucked.
Hand #144: Andrew Rennhack called from the small and Michael Katz checked his option from the big blind. The flop was , Rennhack bet 60,000 and Katz folded.
Hand #145: Tony Gargano received a walk.
|Michael Katz||3,000,000||-245,000 |
|Andrew Rennhack||2,300,000||700,000 |
|Tony Gargano||1,900,000||-300,000 |06/13/14 10:07:17 PM PST
Dinner Break Interview With Tony Gargano
Tony Gargano has amassed more than a million dollars in live earnings since 2007 — recording 18 cashes at the World Series of Poker over that span — but he has yet to reach the winner's circle in a live event. Several deep runs in WSOP competition have given him a glimpse of the Mothership final table stage, but before today he had never played under the bright blue spotlights every poker player hopes to soak in at some point. Sitting second in the chip counts with just three players remaining, Gargano was kind enough to provide PokerNews a glimpse into the mind of a man on the verge of accomplishing a long held and elusive dream.
PokerNews: Can you tell the readers out there how it feels to finally sit down at the final table stage at the WSOP, after making so many deep runs thus far?
Tony Gargano: I've made a few deep runs, this is... I'd like to think this a little overdue actually, but you know, I haven't won anything yet. I've won a few online but this would be my first live major win.
PokerNews: Your friend Joe Cada just walked by on his way to rail you, and Cliff Josephy has been on hand as well.
Oh yes, those are two of my very good friends from poker, Dave Benefield was here as well, and Melissa Costello, a couple others. Matt Salsberg was here. I don't know, I think a couple people are stopping in now, but I'm trying not to look over there. It's a little distracting, but...
PokerNews: Does the presence of such a strong group of supporters serve as motivation during a moment like this?
Gargano: Not to me, to be honest, I think it's sort of distracting. I didn't really tell anybody, but they know because they're my good, good friends, but I didn't really tell any of the guys I play cash games with at the Bellagio or anything like that. You know, it's just extra pressure and extra things to worry about. Then you go on dinner and they're like all around, but you can't really include everyone, and you just want to sort of sit there and do nothing. I mean, I guess maybe if you lose a big pot they can sort of pump you up a little bit, it could be helpful.
PokerNews: Or maybe they can heckle your opponents, get them off their game?
Yeah, yeah, sure (laughing). I've done that before, I've served in that capacity many times.
PokerNews: How do you feel about your position coming back from dinner? You had the chip lead before slipping into second, so what is your mindset at the moment?
Yeah, I punted some off (laughing). No, I was feeling pretty tired but I ran up and down the stairs outside, so I feel a lot better now. I've come back to life I think, so I'm feeling pretty good.
PokerNews: What would winning a bracelet here today mean for you, as a player, as a professional and just as a person?
I think it would actually mean quite a bit to me, I've had a lot of, sort of top-20 type finishes when first place was like a million dollars or something. I've come close so many times, and I mean eventually I think I'm just going to have to accidentally win one.